As Utrecht, Netherlands gears up for the Tour de France’s Grand Départ on July 4, here are some facts and figures about the Grande Boucle, provided by race organizer Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO).

4,500 people in total travel with the race every day, including organizers, teams, media, partners, the advertising caravan, and service providers.


198 riders at the start (22 teams of nine riders)
300 support staff
15 members of the race jury

2015 route

3,360km (21 stages)
Three countries visited (The Netherlands, Belgium, and France)
26 French departments visited
37 stage sites
624 municipalities crossed (568 in France, 17 in The Netherlands, 39 in Belgium)


100 ASO staff
300 temporary staff
1,550 beds reserved every day for the organization and the sports teams

Medical services

10 doctors (all specialties), five nurses
Seven ambulances, two medical cars, one motorcycle, one radiology truck


48 members of the Republican Guard motorcycle division
13 officers on duty as the permanent police of the Tour
14,000 gendarmes/9,000 police officers and CRS riot police mobilized
1,000 agents from the General Councils

Accredited media (2014 edition)

2,000 journalists, consultants, and photographers
637 media organizations
373 newspapers, press agencies, and Internet sites
92 television networks
114 photo agencies
58 radio stations

Broadcast and media

Broadcast in 190 countries
100 channels, including 60 live
Eight stages broadcast in full
80 hours of live broadcast produced (international signal)
6,100 hours aired worldwide in 2014
32 million unique visitors/146 million pages viewed on in 2014
Four languages: French, English, Spanish, German
1,700,000 fans on Facebook
1,300,000 followers on Twitter
500,000 on Google +
100,000 on Instagram
1.1 million downloads of applications dedicated to the Tour de France

Advertising caravan

154 vehicles
34 brands
600 people
14 million objects handed out
12km of procession
35 minutes of show
55 people to supervise the caravan, including 13 officers of the Republican Guard motorcycle division

Spectators on the side of the road (2014 edition)

64 percent men and 36 percent of women
54 percent under the age of 50, with 10 percent under the age of 25
80 percent French spectators and 20 percent from abroad
More than 40 nationalities identified
92 percent come accompanied (on average five people per group)